A yoga studio specializing in hot yoga will open in Aberdeen in about three weeks.
Candace Briscoe will open the yoga studio in the building where she has her Profiling Beauty businesses, 224 First Ave. S.E. The building has already been remodeled for Profiling Beauty and Healthy Solutions.
Briscoe told me that hot yoga is practiced at a room temperature of 104 degrees. Some advanced classes practice yoga at 109 degrees, but she said her classes stick with 104 degrees.
Hot yoga enthusiasts point to many benefits of the practice. Briscoe said that warm muscles are easier to stretch and the that exercising in the heat works up a serious sweat. Sweating is good for detoxification, she said.
In that way, it is similar to the Scandinavians' practice and love of regular saunas.
In hot yoga, the movements are slower and the stretches held longer than in many yoga classes. It is very effective, she said.
When my Mississippi-born-and-raised officemate Stan Wise heard about hot yoga, he said he could not understand why anyone would want to exercise when it was 104 degrees. That is the time you go inside to sit in the air conditioning, he said.
Cliff Kuckelburg at Village Bowl offers a great deal to young people in the summer - free bowling. Yes, it's free with no strings attached.
School-aged kids can bowl two free games every day in the summer, plus they get free shoe rental. All children have to do is pick up a booklet of free passes at Village Bowl, which is at 1314 Eighth Ave. N.W.
A parent can buy a summer pass booklet for $25, which lets them bowl two games a day all summer. That is really cheap family fun.
The Poet ethanol plant in Groton celebrated its 10-year anniversary Wednesday. The plant, which makes more than 50 million gallons of ethanol a year, is a key part of the area economy.
Most farmers remember when corn was only $2 a bushel. Farmers back then kept talking about finding ways to add value to corn so they could get a better price. Well, ethanol and bio-diesel plants were the answer. They have helped boost rural economies.
I talked to Kelly Kjelden, the manager at Poet Biorefining - Groton, who said that on Wednesday Poet employees celebrated by grilling steaks and hosting Poet management from Sioux Falls. Poet has much to celebrate. During the past 10 years, it has made technological improvements, such as switching to the BPX cold processing method of making ethanol and efficient ways of extracting corn oil.
Kjelden and several other employees have worked there all 10 years. Congratulations to them all.
Apartment complex opens
Prairie Village Apartments at 1215 N. Roosevelt St. opened earlier this week. The 82-unit apartment building has some nice amenities such as washers and dryers in every room. I toured it about a month ago and I especially liked the nine-foot high ceilings.
Maria Sevareid, property general manager, said people began moving in Monday and have been moving in all this week. All of the three-bedroom units have been rented, but there are still one-bedroom and two-bedroom units available.
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